10/23/2018, Salinas, CA
Bryan Colton Herta Team with Kurtz; Wilkins, Lewis Filippi set to expostulate this weekend
SALINAS, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2018) – The race-winning Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian sports automobile group has set a sights on stability a successful 2018 debate this weekend during a ancestral WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
A glorious six-driver, two-car Hyundai i30 N TCR lineup has been fabricated by a BHA patrol for this Sunday’s (Oct. 28) second annual SRO California 8 Hours sports automobile eventuality during mythological 2.238-mile, 11-turn highway circuit. Sunday’s eight-hour contest, a longest pro competition in a track’s history, is a final eventuality in a four-race worldwide Intercontinental GT Challenge and BHA group brings a 2018 Hyundai i30 N TCR machines to conflict after 7 wins this year.
In a entrance of a Hyundai i30 N TCR machines in a Pirelli World Challenge this year, BHA drivers Michael Lewis (four wins) and Mark Wilkins (three wins) led a assign to a Pirelli World Challenge TCR Team points championship as good as Hyundai to a TCR Manufacturers’ points crown.
Now, seeking an eighth 2018 feat this weekend, Lewis, a immature Laguna Beach, Calif., racer, and Wilkins, a maestro Canadian driver, will group with another immature pushing star, college tyro Mason Filippi of Alamo, Calif., in a No. 99 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR appurtenance Sunday.
Another marvellous youngster, Colton Herta of Valencia, Calif., runner-up in a 2018 Indy Lights championship, will join his father, Bryan, a two-time Laguna Seca CART IndyCar competition winner, as good as a 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GTSA array titleholder George Kurtz in a No. 98 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR entry.
The father-son pairing of Bryan and Colton Herta outlines another racing eventuality together after they competed in a 2016 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
“This has been an extraordinary year for us in TCR, and I’m vehement to get behind behind a circle alongside all my teammates to try to broach one some-more win in 2018 for a Hyundai i30N TCR,” pronounced Bryan Herta, a two-time Indy 500 race-winning group owner. “Colton and we unequivocally had a blast a final time we raced together. And to get to work alongside Mark, Michael, George and Mason, this should be a lot of fun. We will get to put a Hyundai i30N by a paces in a new format for us, continuation racing, with array stops and motorist changes.”
Colton, a 18-year-old open-wheel phenom, is set to contest in a 2019 IndyCar Series with Harding Steinbrenner Racing, though a teen is concerned to expostulate a Hyundai i30 N TCR automobile as good as to competition with his father again.
“I’m super vehement to get my initial ambience of a Hyundai i30N TCR automobile this weekend,” pronounced Colton. “I can’t wait to get in a automobile and expostulate with my dad!”
As with a Hertas, Kurtz will make his TCR entrance in a BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR after a successful run a past dual seasons in a GTSA multiplication in a Pirelli World Challenge. The CEO of CrowdStrike is an achieved highway racer who is prepared for a new plea in a TCR machine.
“I’m unequivocally looking brazen to racing with Bryan and Colton in a California 8 Hours competition during Laguna Seca,” pronounced Kurtz. “This will be an sparkling knowledge for me and we feel prepared to take it on. Racing with a Pirelli World Challenge via a year has delivered personal achievements for me in a competition automobile and good veteran success for CrowdStrike and a sponsors. So, to continue this movement by hosting a CXO Summit with a IGTC array is a good bookend to this deteriorate ― and a wise segue to a subsequent one.”
The considerable record of Lewis and Wilkins this year enclosed competition wins, stick positions and fastest competition laps during many of North America’s many prestigious highway circuits including Circuit of a Americas (COTA), VIRginia International Raceway, Lime Rock Park, Portland International Raceway and Utah Motorsports Campus.
“Thank we to Bryan Herta and Hyundai for organizing this eventuality for a group and a Hyundai i30N TCR competition cars,” pronounced Lewis. “We get to competition tough for 8 hours! We get to arrangement what a cars can do over such a prolonged time of driving, and we will work to finish adult on tip as a team. The motorist choice is ancestral with Bryan and Colton pairing adult as father and son. we am shamed to be a partial of a equation with Mark, George, and Mason as well. Laguna Seca is a really fan accessible lane with many observation areas, and we wish to competition tough and good around a tight, flowing, busy, and short-track styled circuit.”
“I’m vehement to switch gears from a scurry mindset to an continuation one,” pronounced Wilkins. “The combined complexity of array stops, motorist changes and a heightened multi-class racing format will be good fun and a good challenge. I’m looking brazen to pushing with Michael and welcoming Mason! We have a good lineup, and so prolonged as we run a purify race, stay out of difficulty and govern a stops, we’ll be in good shape!”
Filippi, 20, is like of many on his BHA team, carrying come by a karting ranks and achieved good in a smaller competition cars. Now, he looks brazen to returning to one of his favorite tracks.
“I am intensely vehement to expostulate a Hyundai i30 N TCR automobile with Michael and Mark,” pronounced Filippi. “I had to competition opposite those guys this year in a new TCR category and they are really veteran and really quick. we was means to expostulate a VW and a Honda this year. So, we am really concerned to competition a Hyundai TCR as well. we am going to learn so most from a drivers and a team. For a immature motorist like myself, we couldn’t ask for a improved conditions in a California 8 Hours.”
Testing starts Thursday during WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with use set for Friday. Qualifying will take place Saturday and a California 8 Hours gets underway during 9:15 a.m. PDT.
About Bryan Herta Autosport
Co-Founded by Bryan Herta in 2009, Bryan Herta Autosport has grown from a single-car Indy Lights group into a world-renowned auto-racing franchise. The group done a initial incursion into IndyCar movement in 2010 with an entrance in a Indianapolis 500 while stability to run a full-time multi-car Indy Lights program. The 2011 Indianapolis 500 was a final competition of a Centennial Era, a jubilee of 100 years of racing during a Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Also famous as “The Most Important Race in History,” a 100th anniversary of a initial 1911 competition was a second IndyCar competition in that Herta Racing competed.
Five years later, Bryan Herta Autosport, while partnered with Andretti Autosport, defied a contingency again and won their second Indianapolis 500 with rookie motorist Alexander Rossi. In 2015, Bryan Herta Rallysport done a entrance in a sparkling Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship. In 2018, Bryan Herta Autosport make a marvellous introduction to a Pirelli World Challenge TCR category with drivers Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis. Wilkins scored 3 competition wins with Lewis collecting 4 victories. The BHA patrol won a TCR Team indicate championship and led Hyundai to a TCR Manufacturers’ array crown.
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